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Published on Dec 5, 2007
Irish Famine Memorial was recently dedicated in Providence, Rhode Island. The folks song is "Fields of Athenry" by Paddy Reilly. Here are the words:
"Fields Of Athenry"
By a lonely prison wall, I heard a young girl calling Michael, they have taken you away, For you stole Trevelyan's corn, So the young might see the morn. Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay.
[Chorus:] Low lie the fields of Athenry Where once we watched the small free birds fly Our love was on the wing We had dreams and songs to sing It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry.
By a lonely prison wall, I heard a young man calling Nothing matters, Mary, when you're free Against the famine and the crown, I rebelled, they cut me down. Now you must raise our child with dignity.
By a lonely harbor wall, she watched the last star falling As the prison ship sailed out against the sky Sure she'll wait and hope and pray, for her love in Botany Bay It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry.